After a six-month hiatus from Crime Muse, I am back. In my time away I’ve been working on an online Bachelor of Criminal Justice for Uni which went live in September 2018. I created courses relating to Corrections, Criminology, Victimology and Psychology of crime and law. I loved the opportunity but it was pretty depressing
So this week I am refining my PhD topic which will focus on how the criminal justice system recognises (or more often overlooks), responds to and often exacerbates trauma. As it happens my lovely friend Rosemary from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education in Canberra introduced me to Karyn McCluskey this week. (Not literally.
According to Merriam-Webster: Trauma is the Greek word for ‘wound’. Although the Greeks used the term only for physical injuries, nowadays trauma is just as likely to refer to emotional wounds. We now know that a traumatic event can leave psychological symptoms long after any physical injuries have healed. The psychological reaction to emotional trauma now has an established name: post-traumatic
So I have been musing for a while now – probably about five years – about what exactly should be the focus of my PhD. I’ve pared it back to something to do with victimology, procedural justice, human rights, applied criminology, neuroplasticity and trauma recovery. So you can see I am pretty focused. I have
This blog is all about my thoughts on evidence-based policy, working together to reduce re-offending and other ponderings about crime and justice. Specifically: Research Translation: in 2017, I received half a Great Ydeas Grant from the YWCA Adelaide. The YWCA aims to build strong and equitable communities through the development of women’s leadership, and we